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Sourhope,scooped settlement 1050m ENE of

A Scheduled Monument in Kelso and District, Scottish Borders

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Latitude: 55.4773 / 55°28'38"N

Longitude: -2.2298 / 2°13'47"W

OS Eastings: 385575

OS Northings: 620406

OS Grid: NT855204

Mapcode National: GBR D5W3.2C

Mapcode Global: WH9ZS.QLDF

Entry Name: Sourhope,scooped settlement 1050m ENE of

Scheduled Date: 15 October 1990

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4745

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: scooped settlement

Location: Morebattle

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: Kelso and District

Traditional County: Roxburghshire


The monument is a scooped settlement of the Iron Age, some 2000 to 2500 years old. It is an irregular enclosure, measuring overall some 45m N-S by 60m transversely, split into two parts, and further subdivided, within a rubble-faced, earthen-cored wall some 2.3m thick. There are the remains of at least one house stance. An area measuring 85m in diameter is proposed for scheduling, centred on the settlement, and including an area around the settlement in which traces of activity associated with its use will survive, as marked in red on the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a complex and well preserved settlement, which has the potential to enhance considerably our understanding of prehistoric settlement. It is of particular importance because it lies in a complex landscape, in which remains of prehistoric and medieval settlement survive in good condition; this monument is an important part of that preserved landscape fragment. Taken with the other monuments in the area it has the potential to increase our knowledge of the development and use of the prehistoric and historic landscape.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 82 SE 20.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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